Herb Day: buy herbs; help build an herb garden | Home & Garden

Finally, there will be four garden areas filled with the most fragrant, tasty and useful plants, and each one telling a bit of our story.

The first of those areas – Flavors of Louisiana – has been completed, and now the Herb Society of America’s Baton Rouge unit is raising funds to build the other three planting areas in the LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens, which are part of the Burden. Museum & Gardens. .

The Herbal Organization Fundraising Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane.

The day will feature hundreds of herbs for sale, live music, a petting zoo, raffles, local art vendors, food trucks, and lessons on everything from monarch butterfly farming to use of herbs in cocktails.

Proceeds from the sale of plants will be donated to the Herb Garden, which will include culinary and medicinal herbs from the original inhabitants of the region and herbs from the first settlers in Europe and Africa.

The Baton Rouge unit has already donated $ 12,500 to build the first phase of the garden, which showcases Louisiana’s vegetable patch, said Mary Williams, vice president of the local group and president of Herb Day.

The next space will have a pavilion and gardens with herbs used by Native Americans and African Americans, Williams says. The third phase will be a formal and symmetrical garden with plants used by the first Spanish, French, German, English and Italian settlers of the Baton Rouge region. The fourth phase will be a natural garden with winding paths and native grasses, she says.

Each of the four sections will have walkways, fences and beds suited to the ethnicities and eras of the garden.

Williams says it will also be a therapeutic garden, with packed gravel paths that are easy to negotiate for wheelchairs and with benches and a pavilion providing places to rest. Visitors will be able to touch, taste and smell the plants.

For more information or to make a donation to help build the garden, visit hsabr.org or send a check payable to HSABR to Treasurer Cathy Scarbrough, 9355 Woodbine St., Baton Rouge, LA 70815.

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Herbs day

A fundraiser for the Baton Rouge unit of the Herb Society of America

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday February 24

OR: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane


ACTIVITIES : Children’s zoo of herbaceous plants; raffles for various prizes, including quilts, jewelry, wine and gift baskets; sellers of jewelry, handicrafts, jams and plant-based jellies; beekeeping information, Green Bridges Gardens, native plants, Bike Baton Rouge, Master Naturalists


  • 9 a.m. – Monarch butterfly breeding
  • 10 a.m. – Herb planting companion
  • 11 a.m. – Maintenance and sharpening of garden tools
  • Noon – Herbs in cocktails

Terri S. Tomasini